Who are we?
‘Families in Partnership’ is a Parent Carer Forum. We represent the Parent Carer voice for those with children who have Special Educational Needs and Disabilities ages 0-25 years within Worcestershire. We bring together a Group of passionate Parent Carers and provide the voice that is essential for getting our children’s needs met within the County and beyond.
What are our aims?
“Our strength is our shared experience”
Families in Partnership is part of the National Network of Parent Carer Forums, and we commit to their mission statement of delivering “Better Outcomes for Families living with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)”.
We support and enable the participation of Parent Carers in the decision making which impacts on their lives.
We are as the first point of contact for Agencies within the area requiring any Strategic consultation on SEND.
We will communicate with other Parent Carers, ensuring that all SEND children in Worcestershire have the best possible outcomes.
We are funded by the Department for Education (DfE) to work alongside Worcestershire County Council on their SEND Reforms. We are entirely independent and are the voice in the room at high level meetings involving children and Young people with SEND in the County.
Amongst our members we have a wealth of personal and professional knowledge, and above all pride ourselves as ‘Experts by Experience’.
Areas we have input in
As the DfE Parent Carer forum, we are invited to all Worcestershire Council meetings that require the representation of children and young people in the County. As Parent Carers our insight in to Services is invaluable and our involvement is acknowledged as a vital part of providing or developing Services.
We can request to be included in meetings where we think a Parent Carer should be represented. We work with the Worcestershire County Council Education Services for SEND, Children with Disabilities Team, Worcestershire Health & Care NHS Trust as well as have close working relationships with local charities and support networks across Worcestershire.